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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager

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44 Reviews

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 113
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-02-2012

5 O’Clock Shadow Double Black Lager is brewed in the German Schwarzbier (black beer) tradition. Schwarzbier is to lager what stout or porter is to ale. Like those dark British beers, Schwarzbier has long been considered nourishing and even curative. German doctors often recommend Schwarzbier for nursing mothers. Our Brewmaster, born in Munich, was the beneficiary of just such advice.

We have taken the traditional Schwarzbier, intended to be a “session beer” with typically moderate alcohol, and almost doubled its strength to 7.6% alcohol by volume. We brewed our version with a fine balance of crystal and roasted malts and spiced it with noble hops. We fermented 5 O’Clock Shadow at cold temperatures with a select German lager yeast and cold-conditioned it for over four months to create a velvety smooth, easy drinking springtime brew.

This German lager pours a deep brown, almost black color with ruby highlights. It has soft dark chocolate notes with hints of caramel and a light roasty finish.

38 IBU
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Photo of beagle75
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, dark brown color that shows no light at its core, with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roast is aggressive and slightly unctuous, suggestive of strong black coffee. Earth is a bit musty, complementing other dark qualities.

T: Begins off-dry, with creamy brown malt and sedate earthy hops. Acidity is extremely restrained, as more bitter roast emerges in the middle. Bitter chocolate is suggested in the waning finish that tapers down nicely, leaving a restrained earthy bitterness to linger on the palate.

M: Medium to think viscosity, velvety smooth and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Smooth beyond belief, this is the strong dark beer I have been waiting for. It achieves such clarity of purpose in its ability to transmit pure roasted qualities. While clean, understand that this beer is more of a bold American creation than any real attempt to faithfully recreate a continental recipe--but that's okay. Another home-run for Grand Teton!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasant clear and clean black, with a bubbly but solid head of mild yellow-brown. Lacing is spotty. Body looks rather fluid, but slick, and it holds carbonation well.

Nose is lovely. Toasty malts leavened by a mild touch of something bright, fresh and even a little lemony. Dark rye bread, spread with cream cheese and shallots. It's a beautiful balance between darkness and light. Love it.

Taste is also excellent. Lovely clear lines to the feel and the vectors through the palate, delivering solid toasty malt all the way. Flavours of mild chocolate, a little crust and some dark seed cake on the back. This is all beautifully balanced with a really lovely dryness and a lovely clear but slick feel. Only a lager delivers that integration and lightness.

Overall, I love it. Black lagers are well underrated: this a superb example of why this should not be the case. This is clean and pleasant, but loaded with flavour and character. More craft lagers, please!

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a normal pint glass. 2012 date on the label.

A: Nearly opaque black body, some brown highlights on the edges. Nice dense off white head.

S: Nice clean roastyness. Maybe a slight fruitiness as well.

T: Good roast malt flavor up front, mild bitterness. Clean and complex finish. Not as much going on as a stout or porter, but actually refreshing.

M: On the low end of carbonation, mouthfeel works well. More residual sweetness than I'd except, but not overboard.

O: A very clean roasty beer of high alcohol. I don't think I'm had anything quite like this. If I feel like a dark strong, but easy drinking beer, this would do it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle Capped
Bottled On: 02/23/12
2012 Vintage

It's been quite awhile since the last time I've had a GT Brew. Nice to see them available to me now. I bought a few different 750ml bottles.

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a light tan fizzy creamy head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, some nice roastyness, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, with some dark stuff, nice roast/nut notes. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, would buy again. Very true to style, with a little kick. Recommended.

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Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Tiger! Tiger!, poured into a pint glass

The brew pours jet black in appearance and form a small chocolate-tan head. Small patches of lacing touch the glass, and it looks fairly viscous.

The chocolate malts establish the bouquet and they carry notes of buttery bread. Earthy grains poke through, a touch of hop dryness in the distance.

Roasty, chocolate malts are again the big player on the palate, slightly sweet and smoky. There aren't a lot of hop charecteristics to meet te sweet malts, but they're not needed - this brew is eminently drinkable. A little buttery, creamy mid-sip, which gives the beer a deeper complexion than you'd expect. The hops do their part towards the end, leading to a dry finish that leaves almost no lingering flavors between sips.

Damn, this has to be one of the better schwartzbiers I've tried. A little richer than some of the German varieties, but I hate getting hung up on categories. This is just a damn good brew.

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Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black with some dark clear mahogany highlights, a nice sticky dark tan head with lots of lacing.

The smell is very good, big char, smoke, and a bit of leather.

The flavor is both full and restrained at the same time, lots of nice complex flavors going on with none of them overpowering the others. Nice levels of smoke and char along with subtle chocolate and a nice touch of earthy bitterness giving it a very nice even quality.

The mouthfeel is very dry and clean.

Very nice big Schwarzbier.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Head is dense and creamy.

Aroma is smokey, charred dark grain with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is rich smokey dark malt and powdered cocoa up front. Then dark fruit makes an appearance - raisin and date. Woody and nutty. Finishes with charred dark grain and mild earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A flavorful malt experience. Smoke is apparent, but understated.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark, brown body with a thick, creamy tan head. Excellent roasted grains, dark chocolate and cocoa, and dark roast coffee dominate the smell. It maintains its lager smoothness and lightness while conveying the great dark tastes promised in the aroma. There is almost a hint of tartness or 'brightness' to the beer, but the malt characteristics are the showpiece. Finishes with just enough bitterness to bring great depth to this offering. Excellent beer...gonna get me another...

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with raisin colored highlights, and a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and a little bit of caramel.

The taste has dark roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa. Does a nice job of combining the light sweetness of cocoa and caramel, with the bitterness of dark roasted malt. Neither is overpowering. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Slightly creamy. Has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A very nice Schwarzbier from Grand Teton.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a little light transmission in the glass and and fine half finger dark khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, grass and hay and a hint of sweet lactose. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, hints of brewed coffee and char, vanilla. Finish brings out more charred dark malt and mocha. Quite nice creamy body with great mouth feel and carbonation. Delivers much more than expected. Spot on traditional schwarzbier flavors, but enhanced with elements from a rich oatmeal stout, the creaminess and smooth dark malt. This is very satisfying and delicious. A few days ago, I reviewed something with a fantastic aroma and relatively disappointing flavor, this is somewhat the opposite; the aroma is good, but doesn't promise much beyond a schwarzbier. The full, rich flavor comes as a huge, pleasant surprise. An interesting idea that turned out great. Well done, Grand Teton. I'm going back for another one of these.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "2012" sticker. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a rich, dark black with twinges of brown topped by a creamy tan one-finger head that never completely dissipates and leaves light, soapy-looking lacing as I drink it down.

Smell - Roasted malt and mild undertones of fresh-brewed espresso as well as aromas or rich cacao. Toasted bread and some hint of charred wood, but not smoky.

Taste - Echoes the notes of the smell, with the charred wood and roasty malt flavors at the forefront. Again, the coffee is hinted at, and evolves into a semisweet chocolate finish. Some bitterness as well, but it's hard to tell if it comes from hops or from the charred characteristics because of how well the flavors blend together.

Mouthfeel - In spite of the rich flavor profiles, the body is only moderate and this beer finishes dry and clean.

Overall, a wonderful beer. My first schwarzbier, so I dont have a great frame of reference, but I'm very impressed by the blend of flavors and how well the alcohol is hidden. Grand Teton would do well to open this one back up for production, as it is quite tasty.

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Photo of KuehneBe
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tried this from a 10oz tulip at JL Beers in Moorhead.

Reminiscent of a heavy stout, for obvious reasons. Opaque, with a very nice head.

The predominant smell was smokey, dark chocolate with hints of coffee.

Damn good! Malts, heaps of coffee and dark chocolate. The dark chocolate and coffee add some pleasant bitterness. A flavor that I would describe as "roasted" and caramely.

I was surprised by the amount of carbonation in this one, until I remembered that it was a Schwarzbier and not an ale. A little less carbonation would make this one even more enjoyable, I think.

A tasty and wholesome beer. I would suggest letting this one warm up slightly before drinking it. After about 10-15 minutes in the glass, the flavor improved dramatically.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a thin layer frothy brownish head. The head fades pretty quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted and burnt chocolate malts with some coffee, along with some earthy smells.

T - Starts off with some heavily roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of earthy flavors and some smoke. Through the middle, some more coffee and lightly burnt flavors come through. The finish is a mix of sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops, and some smoke.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry and lightly sweet and smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced flavors with a great roasted malt character with some nice complexity from the hops and smoke.

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Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Grapevine. I would barely call this black. Very thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma, A nice malty caramel, more chocolate. Light earthy roast with some cocoa.

Taste, pretty strong roast malt, chocolate, some peat. Light coffee and cocoa finish, fairly dry, lingers well.

Nice mid bodied lager. The fine carbonation was just about creamy. Drinks quite well, though I wish the abv was a tad lower. Above average.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Bottled on 1/27/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 01/27/15.
This was poured into a pilsener glass (correct glassware).
The appearance was a black color with a foamy two and a half finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute.
The smell started off with some dark roasted malt, light cocoa powder, a lil' bit of earth, and charryness.
The taste takes those aromas and gives a nice lil bit of earthiness to balance nicely.
The mouthfeel had a nice roasty to sweet sipping sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light, hmmm...not sure if its a schwarzbier or the fact that I'm just having it now, anyways, smoothness really runs the gamut on this one.
Overall, schwarzbiers can be really nice, this one definitely does what it needs to for the style. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours the complete opposite of white, lol. Nice offwhite head of foam that's not a stayer but it makes up for it with the lacing.

I get smoke, chocolate, and an overall very malty nose With a mild hop bitterness in the smell. I dig the smell so....

Plenty of that ^ in the taste as well. Nice level of smoke with a very malty backbone that does not get overly sweet thanks to the ample amount of hop bitterness. It does finish decidedly on the malty side though and I am loving it. I notice some toffee as well. The abv is higher than I normally like for the style but it isn't intrusive by any means.

Fairly light bodied overall, the mouthfeel is still quite good.

This is yet another very enjoyable Lager in a series of Lagers that I have tried recently. If you see it around your neck of the woods, give it a try!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Bad Apple.

Roast + burger = tastiness, right? This stuff pours a deep dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose is a straight-up blast of roasted malts, with touches of dark chocolate and coffee creeping in at various points as well. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the coffee and dark chocolate are more intense, creating quite the panorama of dark flavors on the tongue. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a damn fine impy schwarz, one that delivers on its roasty promises (and then some).

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Bad Apple.

A: pours opaque black, minimal head, some lacing

S: nose features roasty notes with a healthy dose of smoke, pleny of cocoa, some bitterness, very nice

T: the flavor features bold and roasty notes, hints of smoke, some sweet malty notes, nice balance

Mf: decent sized body, mellow carbonation

O: very nice and full flavored, great roasty and smoke balance

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color that appears black in my pilsner glass. Not quite one finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Aroma has a little roasted and caramel malt notes. The hops add some grass and spice. There is also a sulfer smell.

Just a slight roasted malt flavor that compliments the stronger caramel malt. The hops do not play a large role, but do add some spicy notes. Alcohol does come out in the flavor and adds some warmth.

Nice carbonation and texture. The body sure does not feel like a 7.6% beer as it seems light. But that is the nature of the style.

Quite flavorful and well crafted lager.

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Photo of scratch69
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers worth of tan head and nice lacing.

Smell- Smoke and roasted malt with faint chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste- Roasted malt with bitter chocolate and hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Crisp and smooth with smoky finish.

Overall- Very nice. This is one of the best Schwarzbier that I have tasted.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP on the way home from work... it pours deep dark walnut brown.... when held to a light the stem end of my glass glows a deep ruby.... Dark tan head sticks around for a bit leaving nice drapes of crusty lacing.

The nose is roasty.... a bit coffee like... some dark toast is rounded out by hints of malty sweetness.... smells pretty clean.

Flavor mirrors the aromas.... very clean... no fruity esters... just nice malty goodness.

The body is a solid medium... carbonation is good small bubble... everpresent.

Interesting brew... I would drink it sooner than later... I doubt cellaring will do anything to help an already fresh clean brew.


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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of tan colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of chocolate, malt, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, some dark chocolate, malt, caramel, and light hops in the finish. The chocolate notes are not overpowering, but certainly welcome. A well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While Schwarzbier isn't my favorite style of beer, this is definitely one of the more drinkable examples, especially from an American brewery.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ass 25.4oz brown bomber. Vintage date on the bottle.

LOOK: Clear dark leather brown, head stays for a long while

SMELL: Brown malt, juniper, toast, herbal, evergreen, clean alcohol, light brown sugar

TASTE: Smooth creaminess, mild char, clean, minty, moderate hop bitterness, chicory, toasted bread crust, unsweetened chocolate, herbal, warming alcohol, clean mildly roasted finish

I am happy to see US brewers break out into their own style even if they are originally inspired by more traditional styles. Double Black Lager just has a certain ring to it and this beer has won me over.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled Jan. 2012.

A: Pours a straight black with a nice spongy tan head. Good lacing.

S: Lightly sweet dark malts, coffee roast, lactic sweetness, slight hop resin.

T: Soft chocolate and coffee beans, light smokiness (very Grand Teton), vanilla, doughy malt, subtle bitter hop notes and dark fruit esters. Mild, pleasing dark grain and chocolate in the finish.

M: Creamy soft body with a nice carbonation level. Light enough to be very drinkable.

O: Tastes like a robust porter or milk stout that's been lagered. Quite nice.

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5 O'clock Shadow Double Black Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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